To share your module with other Puppet users, get contributions to your modules, and maintain your module releases, publish your module on the Puppet Forge. The Forge is a community repository of modules, written and contributed by open source Puppet and Puppet Enterprise users.
Create a Forge account, if you don't already have one.
Prepare your module for packaging.
Add module metadata in the
Build an uploadable tarball of your module.
Upload your module using the Forge web interface.
Naming your module
Your module has two names: a short name, like "mysql", and a long name that includes your Forge username, like "puppetlabs-mysql". When you upload your module to the Forge, use the module's long name.
Your module's short name is the same as that module's directory on your disk. This name must consist of letters, numbers, and underscores only; it can't contain dashes or periods.
The long name is composed of
your Forge username and the short name of your
module. For example, the "puppetlabs" user maintains a "mysql" module, which is
located in a
./modules/mysql directory and is known to the Forge as "puppetlabs-mysql".
In your module's
metadata.json file, always use the long name of your module. This
helps disambiguate modules that might have common short names, such as "mysql" or
"apache." If you created your module with Puppet Development Kit
(PDK), and you provided your Forge username to PDK,
file already contains the correct long name for the module. Otherwise, edit your
module's metadata with the correct long name.
username-module, its web interface presents them as
username/module. Always use the
username-modulestyle in your metadata files and when issuing commands.
Create a Forge account
To publish your modules to the Forge, you must first create a Forge account.
- In your web browser, navigate to the Forge website and click Sign Up.
- Fill in the fields on the sign-up form. The username you pick becomes part of your module long name, such as "bobcat-apache".
- Check your email for a verification email from the Forge, and then follow the instructions in the email to verify your email address.
After you have verified your email address, you can publish modules to the Forge.
Prepare your module for publishing
Before you build your module package for publishing, make sure it's ready to be packaged.
metadata.jsonfile contains the correct information.
metadata.jsonmust be UTF-8 encoded. If you used Puppet Development Kit (or the deprecated
puppet module generatecommand) to create your module, these files are already UTF-8 encoded.
Excluding files from the package
To exclude certain files from
your module build, include them in either an
ignore file. Ignore files are useful for excluding
files that are not needed to run the module, such
as temporary files or files generated by spec
tests. The ignore file must be in the root
directory. You can use
.pmtignore files in your module.
If you are building your module
with PDK, your
module package contains a
.pdkignore file that already includes a
list of commonly ignored files. To add or remove
files to this list, define them in the module's
.sync.yml file. For more
information about customizing your module's
If you are building your module with the
puppet module build command, create a
.pmtignore file and in it,
list the files you want to exclude from the module
files, such as those in temporary directories,
from ever being checked into your module's Git repo, list the
files in a
import/ /spec/fixtures/ .tmp *.lock *.local .rbenv-gemsets .ruby-version build/ docs/ tests/ log/ junit/ tmp/
Removing symlinks from your module
Symlinks in modules are unsupported. If your module contains symlinks, either remove them or ignore them before you build your module.
Warning: Symlinks in modules are unsupported. Please investigate symlink manifests/my-module.pp->manifests/init.pp. Error: Found symlinks. Symlinks in modules are not allowed, please remove them. Error: Try 'puppet help module build' for usage
To publish your module on the Forge, it must contain
required metadata in a
metadata.json file. If you created your
module with PDK or
generate command, you'll already have a
metadata.json file. Open
the file in any text editor, and make any
necessary edits. For details on writing or editing
metadata.json file, see
the related topic about module metadata.
Build a module package
To upload your module to the Forge, first build an uploadable module package with Puppet Development Kit.
PDK builds a
package with the naming convention
in the module's
subdirectory. For complete details about this task,
see the PDK topic about building module
Change into the
module directory by running
Build the package
- Answer the question prompts as needed. You can use default answers to optional questions by pressing Enter at the prompt.
- At the confirmation prompt, confirm or cancel package creation.
Upload a module to the Forge
To publish a new module release to the Forge, upload the module tarball using the web interface.
The module package must be a compiled
tar.gz package of 10MB or less.
- In your web browser, navigate to the Forge and log in.
- Click Publish in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
- On the upload page, click Choose File and use the file browser to locate and select the release tarball. Then click Upload Release.
After a successful upload, your browser loads the new release page for your module. If there were any errors on your upload, they appear on the same screen. Your module's README, Changelog, and License files are displayed on your module's Forge page.
Publish modules to the Forge with Travis CI
You can automatically publish new versions of your module to the Forge using Travis CI.
If this is your first time using Travis CI for automatic
publishing, you must first enable Travis CI to publish to the Forge.
- Enable Travis CI for the module repository.
- Generate a Travis-encrypted Forge password string. For instructions, see the Travis CI encryption keys docs.
.travis.ymlfile in the module's repository base. Include a deployment section that includes your Forge username and the encrypted Forge password, such as:
deploy: provider: puppetforge user: <FORGE_USER> password: secure: "<ENCRYPTED_FORGE_PASSWORD>" on: tags: true # all_branches is required to use tags all_branches: true
To publish to the Forge
with Travis CI, update, tag, and push your repository.
Update the version number in the module's
metadata.jsonfile and commit the change to the module repository.
- Tag the module repo with the desired version number. For more information about how to do this, see Git docs on basic tagging.
- Push the commit and tag to your Git repository. Travis CI builds and publish the module.
- Update the version number in the module's
Deprecate a module on the Forge
To let your module users know that you are no longer maintaining your module, deprecate your module on the Forge.
The full name of the module to be deprecated, such as
The reason for the deprecation. The reason is publicly displayed on the Forge.
A recommended alternative module or workaround.
Delete a module release from the Forge
To delete a release of your module, use the Forge web interface. A
deleted release is still downloadable via the Forge page or
command if a user requests the module by specific version.
- In your web browser, navigate to the Forge and log in.
- Click Your Modules.
- Go to the page of the module release you want to delete.
- Click Select another release, choose the release you want from the drop-down list, and click Delete.
confirmation page that loads, supply a reason for
the deletion and submit.
The reason you give for deleting your module is visible to Forge users.
- Click Yes, delete it.
On your module page, the confirmation of the deletion is displayed.